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Sevilla Festival highlights

The films of the New Waves Non-Fiction section bring us closer to today's world with imagination, empathy and the capacity to amaze

Alejandro Salgado and Oskar Alegria's emerging talent joins established filmmakers such as Alain Cavalier, Éric Baudelaire, Lech Kowalski and Sergei Loznitsa, offering infrequent perspectives on history, reality and our environment

The Festival has also announced the Spanish premiere of 'Women Making Films: A New Road Movie Through Cinema', the monumental work of influential theorist and filmmaker Mark Cousins, a journey through filmmaking history from the point of view of women directors

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Seville, 11 October 2019. The mafia seen from the inside, as it had never been filmed before; workers fighting for their rights; the Soviet Union, its space experiments and the dog Laika as a symbol; teenagers from a marginal neighbourhood in Paris using cinema as a weapon of knowledge and coexistence... surprising stories and unusual approaches in what was traditionally called documentary cinema come together in the New Waves Non-Fiction section of the 16th edition of the Seville Festival, to be held from November 8 to 16.

Films directed by international references like Éric Baudelaire, Sergei Loznitsa, Alain Cavalier and Lech Kowalski, along with new non-fiction talents like Alejandro Salgado, Oskar Alegria and Alexe Poukine, who approach narrated events (both present and recent past) with an empathic and profound perspective.

The Mafia isn't what it used to be

Two of the films in competition in New Waves Non-Fiction share their approach to mafia organizations, from the vision of directors from southern Italy. Through the eyes of photojournalist Letizia Battaglia, 'The Mafia is no Longer What it Used to Be' takes a trip through Palermo and its relationship with the Mafia, demystifying it through an abrupt outlook. Franco Maresco's film ('Belluscone. A Sicilian Story'), recently awarded the Special Jury Prize in Venice, begins on the 25th anniversary of the assassination of judges Falcone and Borsellino.

Francesco Patierno ('Diva!') looks back at his hometown and the growth of organized crime between the 1960s and 1990s in 'Camorra'. Premiered in Venice, this documentary draws on unpublished images of the time to draw an accurate picture of this criminal group.

First-hand stories

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After the multi-award winning 'La casa Emak Bakia' (2012), Oskar Alegria returns to the cinema with 'Zumiriki', selected in the Horizons section of Venice. A new connection to a way of life tied to nature on the verge of extinction, which the Navarrese director and writer is carrying out by living and filming for four months in a hut by the river Arga. This renovating experience (both vital and cinematographic) brings together nocturnal creatures, trees with names and the last shepherds of the Basque Pyrenees, in the spirit of Thoreau and Crusoe.

Éric Baudelaire ('Letters to Max') is one of the most internationally renowned audiovisual artists: in addition to the most important festivals, his work is to be found in the collections of centers such as the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, the MACBA in Barcelona, the Centro Pompidou in Paris, the MoMA and the Whitney Museum in New York. Baudelaire worked for four years with 20 secondary school students in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis to teach them how to make films. This is the origin of 'Un film dramatique', a play that fulfills Godard's dream of making a collective film and that portrays the spontaneous act of shooting.

Alain Cavalier ('Thérèse'), an essential filmmaker in the history of active French cinema since the late 1950s, is preparing in 'Être vivant et le savoir' a film based on the autobiography of novelist Emmanuèle Bernheim, in which he describes how his father asked him to "put an end to everything" after a heart attack. The project changes when Emmanuèle calls Alain to tell her that she will be operated on urgently, giving rise to this intimate film about the relationship between human beings and death, premiering in Cannes.
 
Also in the New Waves Non-Fiction section, although out of competition, Yervant Gianikian continues to pay tribute to his life and film partner Angela Ricci Lucchi, who passed away in 2018, with whom he made an artistic duo that marked the history of the most political and reflective documentary cinema since its debut in the 1980s. In 'I Diari di Angela - Noi Due Cineasti. Capitolo Secondo', selected in Venice, Angela's diaries serve to discover their artistic, historical and political mission as filmmakers.
 
Films that look in front of the most current topics

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A group of children escaping from Morocco to reach European shores get caught between the two borders, seeking refuge in Melilla. Sevillian filmmaker Alejandro Salgado ('Bolingo, el bosque del amor') portrays in 'Barzaj' the so-called Unaccompanied Foreign Minors in their journey through this limbo, composing a poetic and ghostly tale about one of the most serious crises in Europe today.
 
In 'That Which Does Not Kill', based on the testimony of a 19-year-old girl who has been raped, Alexe Poukine questions society's perception of gender violence. To do so, she confronts a dozen women and men with the victim's story, revealing the absence of consent in such dramatic situations.
 
With 'Blow it to Bits', veteran punk and combative filmmaker Lech Kowalski ('East of Paradise') narrates from within the struggle of 277 employees fired from a car parts factory. Handheld camera shot, the director accompanies the group of workers on their days of strikes just like any other.
 
Back in the USSR
 
Elsa Kremser ('Nebel') and Levin Peter ('Hinter dem Schneesturm') examine in 'Space dogs' the untold story of the dogs exploited for this purpose and the demystification of Laika, the first living being put into orbit. Searching for its reflection in the streets of today's Moscow, the film follows stray dogs with the camera at the height of their point of view, as a way to relativise and put in place our anthropocentric and megalomaniac vision.
 
After winning the Golden Giraldillo in 2018 with 'Donbass', Sergei Loznitsa returns to the Seville Festival with 'State funeral', a chronicle of Stalin's funeral portrayed as the culmination of the cult of the Soviet dictator's personality. Through never-before-seen images of the massive ceremony, Loznitsa, one of the most emblematic filmmakers of the 20th century and one of the most vocal critics of the legacy of communism, offers unprecedented access to this historical episode and ponders its disturbing legacy in Russia today.
 
Mark Cousins reveals the history of women's cinema

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In the Special Screenings section, Irish director Mark Cousins will screen his latest film 'Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema' for the first time in Spain. After 'The Story of Film: An Odyssey', her celebrated essay on the history of cinema, Cousins tackles another monumental 14-hour project, showing the impressive and insufficiently vindicated cinematographic legacy of the cinema made by women, through more than a thousand film sequences. A surprising journey full of lucid associations, made up of fragments of films shot over 13 decades by filmmakers such as Chantal Akerman, Kathryn Bigelow, Ana Mariscal, Agnès Varda, Jessica Hausner, Vera Chytilova, Claire Denis, Forugh Farrokhzad, Lucrecia Martel, Alice Guy-Blaché, Lynne Ramsay, Larisa Shepitko, Liliana Cavani, Lucile Hadžihalilovic and Maren Ade, among many others....

From framing to the introduction of the characters, through filmic genres or the meaning of a trailer, Cousins dives into images once again to evoke the greatness of cinema, also present in underrated titles throughout its history and which appear here as great discoveries signed by directors such as Wang Ping, Moufida Tlatli, Wendy Toye, Pirjo Honkasalo, Wanda Jakubowska, Sarah Maldoror, Erika Runge, Dinara Asanova, Kinuyo Tanaka, Astrid Henning-Jensen and MalvinaUrsianu. As in 'The Story of Film', the novelty of this four-year work is the own selection criteria established by Cousins, which in this case is already part of any film research study. Narrated by Jane Fonda and Tilda Swinton, 'Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema' is, in short, a necessary revision of the film canon.

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